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Occupational Therapy and Ethics

The Ethics Commission (EC) is one of the bodies of the Representative Assembly (RA) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The EC is responsible for developing the Ethics Standards for the profession which apply to occupational therapy personnel at all levels and in all professional and societal roles.

As per the Preamble of the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics (2005), "this commitment extends beyond service recipients to include professional colleagues, students, educators, businesses, and the community." (AJOT reference page)

The EC has two primary roles: education and enforcement.

Resources

Ethics: Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards (2010) - pdf, 81 kb

Ethics: Enforcement Procedures for the OT Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards - pdf, 188 kb

Formal Complaint Form - pdf, 4.9 mb

Ethics Commission Roles and Overview of the Ethics Commission

Contact the Ethics Department

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